Amie finds support for our teens in Mongolia
AMIE Dreyer, co-founder of adolescent counselling program Chrysalis, is just back from Mongolia after gaining an extremely high-flying supporter.
Amie was in Mongolia on a personal journey of her own, and her guide told her of the Golden Eagle Festival in the Altai Mountains.
While in the region she met 14-year-old Ashol-Pan, the youngest eagle hunter and and only female eagle hunter in Mongolia.
"Ashol-Pan did really well in the competition considering she was up against more than 70 male competitors who had been training their eagles to hunt foxes and wolves their whole lives," Amie said.
"My interpreter told her about the job I do with Chrysalis, supporting more than 90 at-risk teenage girls in Australia, all who have experienced high levels of trauma.
"Ashol-Pan was very empathetic and understood the importance of women supporting each other.
"She and her mother were very happy to become advocates and symbols of empowerment and hope for all young women, uniting together around the world."
Amie co-founded Chrysalis with Jane MCGowen in 2008 at Byron Bay High and the program recently won the annual Northern District Local Health Network Overall Quality Award.
The program operates in five high schools across the Northern Rivers every week, offering group counselling sessions.
"Over the last seven years we have engaged literally hundreds of girls from a diverse range of backgrounds," said Amie.
"More than 90% of young women who have participated say Chrysalis has made significant and positive changes for them."